Tuesday Tidings

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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 9:41am

1. What is your favorite ornament on your Christmas Tree?

2. Do you decorate at work (or you s.o. if you don't work)?

3. Are you done shopping?

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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 11:32am

Really.  Cats and dog who like to chase each other round the house.  Yes, can you clairfy why you think kids in the house is a factor in that decision?  What are you assuming here?

I can definately see the animals being a factor. I feel Christmas is mostly for the kids and I would feel odd not putting up a tree, for them. Maybe this is just my experience but the people I know that don't put up trees, or put up smaller ones, don't have kids in the house anymore (either never did or they have moved away). 

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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 11:34am
"To all who don't have their tree up yet, when do you put it up?" ----- In Danish custom, the tree is decorated the 23rd and lit on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately I can't get the proper candles and candle holders here, so we use electric lights. When I was a child, it was always real candles, and we had to go to another room, while my grandpa lit all the candles on the tree.
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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 11:39am

"To all who don't have their tree up yet, when do you put it up?" ----- In Danish custom, the tree is decorated the 23rd and lit on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately I can't get the proper candles and candle holders here, so we use electric lights. When I was a child, it was always real candles, and we had to go to another room, while my grandpa lit all the candles on the tree.

Thanks, I figured it was a tradition as I have heard people putting up trees on Christmas Eve. 

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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 11:46am

<<I can definately see the animals being a factor. I feel Christmas is mostly for the kids and I would feel odd not putting up a tree, for them. Maybe this is just my experience but the people I know that don't put up trees, or put up smaller ones, don't have kids in the house anymore (either never did or they have moved away). >>

I feel that Christmas is for everyone and a tree doesn't represent Christmas to me, the navity scene and the advent candles represent Christmas to me.   I know a number of people who don't put up trees with and without kids and a number of people who put up multiple trees, with and without kids.   Why would it feel odd?


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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 11:49am

I feel that Christmas is for everyone and a tree doesn't represent Christmas to me, the navity scene and the advent candles represent Christmas to me.   I know a number of people who don't put up trees with and without kids and a number of people who put up multiple trees, with and without kids.   Why would it feel odd?

I guess you learn something new everyday. A christmas tree (at least IME) is an important part of Christmas and I don't know many people who don't put up one and if they don't, they don't have kids. My kids would feel sad not having the tree up every year. It is just something part of OUR Christmas as well as everyone that I know with kids. 

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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 11:59am
"is an important part of Christmas and I don't know many people who don't put up one and if they don't, they don't have kids." ------ We have had years without a proper tree even when kiddo still lived here. I don't think any one thing is universally important to people. It depends.
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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 11:59am

santaababy1967 wrote:
<p>I feel that Christmas is for everyone and a tree doesn't represent Christmas to me, the navity scene and the advent candles represent Christmas to me.   I know a number of people who don't put up trees with and without kids and a number of people who put up multiple trees, with and without kids.   Why would it feel odd?</p><p><strong>I guess you learn something new everyday. A christmas tree (at least IME) is an important part of Christmas and I don't know many people who don't put up one and if they don't, they don't have kids. My kids would feel sad not having the tree up every year. It is just something part of OUR Christmas as well as everyone that I know with kids. </strong></p>

You are just learning that Christmas is for everyone, and the navity scene and lighting of advent candles can represent Christmas?  I think that's pretty standard for anyone who believes that Christmas is about Christ.  Not everyone is Christian of course, so there are many who leave those two items out of the celebration of Christmas or experience them in a different way.  My kids have already put up two trees this year, so I'm not really worried about an sad kids, lol.  

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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 12:02pm

rollmops2009 wrote:
"is an important part of Christmas and I don't know many people who don't put up one and if they don't, they don't have kids." ------ We have had years without a proper tree even when kiddo still lived here. I don't think any one thing is universally important to people. It depends.

I agree, it just depends.  FWIW, the kids were totally fine with not putting up another tree, I figure since they have done three trees for most of their lives, no lasting damage is done, lol.

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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 1:08pm

You are just learning that Christmas is for everyone, and the navity scene and lighting of advent candles can represent Christmas?

No, where did I say that? I said you learn something everyday. Where did that pertain to the navity scene and the lighting of advent candles respresenting Christimas?

I think that's pretty standard for anyone who believes that Christmas is about Christ.  Not everyone is Christian of course, so there are many who leave those two items out of the celebration of Christmas or experience them in a different way.  My kids have already put up two trees this year, so I'm not really worried about an sad kids, lol.  

But not their own tree, in their own home, correct? I guess you don't find that an important part of Christmas anymore. Is it because they don't believe in Santa? Why did you stop the family tradition?

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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 1:11pm

the kids were totally fine with not putting up another tree,

Kids don't want to disappoint their parents. They obviously sensed you did not want to do it.

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